Board of Directors
Master Gunnery Sergeant Edward Watson (Ret)
U.S. Marine Corps
Ed retired in 2016, after serving 25 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He enlisted and earned his way through to the top echelon of non-commissioned officers. Ed served as the Senior Manager of the Enlisted Aviation Maintenance Trainee Management Unit in Camp Geiger, North Carolina.
Ed’s dedication and service have been rewarded with the Presidential Service Badge; the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal among other honors. Ed has served in many locations domestically and internationally and has been deployed to Somalia and Kuwait among other countries.
Ed is a thoughtful and supportive leader who has mentored many young Marines through his example. He has been an advocate for those suffering the effects of combat trauma, encouraging military officers to redefine outdated understandings of the effects of combat on service members.
Master Sergeant Jeannette L. Sydnor (Ret)
U.S. Air Force
Jeannette proudly served in the U.S. Air Force maintaining aircraft engines and aerospace ground equipment. While in the Air Force she earned her Bachelor’s degree.
Since retiring from the service, Jeannette has worked in the field of education as a third grade teacher and as an Education Service Specialist with the Department of Defense, connecting active duty members of the military with educational benefits. She has worked on many bases within the United States and courageously spent years in Kosovo, Kuwait and Afghanistan in order to ensure that deployed soldiers have counseling support for their educational careers.
Jeannette is a strong advocate for education and behavioral health services; she understands the power of retreats to heal, empower and re-energize veterans and is anxious to share that with veterans attending sessions at the ranch.
Education: Bachelor’s in Management Studies from University of Maryland; Master’s in Early Education from Adelphi University; Coursework in Counseling Psychology required for current counseling position from Bowie State University.
Founder of Guild GC
Craig has been working in various aspects of real estate for the past twenty years including construction; development; land entitlement; rezoning; finance and project management. He is co-founder of a land development firm in California. Craig has raised many millions of dollars from investors and always returned a profit. He began his career building secondary homes on Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Teton Valley, Idaho. As a Development Manager for Greenfield Partners, he transformed a 500 acre parcel of land into what is now known as Elkhorn Springs; and as Vice President of Starwood Development he was instrumental in acquiring and developing Mammoth Mountain Resort in California.
While serving as Financial Analyst and Development Manager for the University of British Columbia, Craig oversaw the development and construction of over $320 million in project costs. All of the projects were sustainably built, earning LEED Gold and Platinum certifications. The Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) building which Craig helped to design and implement on campus has been recognized as one of the most sustainably built projects in North America.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Northwestern University; Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Beth’s personal and professional lives have blended around her interests in the environment and land protection. Beth grew up in Manhattan but has developed a strong love of the outdoors. She has served on many nonprofit and community boards including the Ashland Open Space Committee and Community Preservation Committee.
She has helped to create and preserve public lands including community gardens, Massachusetts State Parks, hiking trails and wetlands. Her accomplishments in this area are too numerous to list here but most significantly the acquisition of a $500,000 land grant for the purchase of Warren Woods in Ashland, Massachusetts. Beth is a tireless advocate for the importance of preserving land for communities and the benefits of nature for physical and psychological health.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in History from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Framingham State University.